ST. LOUIS — The political ice that has frozen the regional Board of Freeholders process may finally be cracking.
A meeting of an aldermanic committee which has delayed approval of the nine city members has been set for 1 p.m. Tuesday. It will be the first meeting of the panel, the Intergovermental Affairs Committee, since Nov. 22.
However, it was not immediately clear whether an agreement has been worked out yet on sending a slate of nine city freeholders members to the full Board of Aldermen for approval.
The new meeting was called by the committee vice-chairwoman, Sharon Tyus, amid chairman Sam Moore's continued absence from City Hall due to health issues.
Tyus could not be reached for comment Friday. On Thursday night she had told the Post-Dispatch she hoped to arrange a meeting with Mayor Lyda Krewson's office next week on coming up with a delegation acceptable to both the mayor and a majority of the committee.
The freeholders board, triggered by petition drives in the city and St. Louis County, is supposed to consider potential changes in the two jursidictions' governmental structure for possible submission to area voters.
The county's nine members and one selected by Gov. Mike Parson held an initial meeting Nov. 12 but have held off any more until the city appointees were confirmed.
The aldermanic committee voted Oct. 16 to table nine Krewson freeholders appointees. A month later the mayor agreed to replace four of them with people requested by Moore and Aldermanic President Lewis Reed, who has been trying to mediate.
But some on the committee balked, seeking further changes.